A Night of a Thousand Jack-O’-Lanterns


Happy Halloween everyone!

Halloween is one of my kids’ favorite holidays, for obvious reasons. So when I was offered the opportunity to experience Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village this past weekend, I knew it would be a fun family event we wouldn’t want to miss. It runs for three weekends in October and we were able to make it to the last weekend of the event. There is truly no better setting for Halloween than the historical grounds of Greenfield Village, with its authentic historic structures, farms and rides. Our girls were super excited about wearing their costumes early, not to mention the thought of getting a head start on trick or treating. We knew there would be a lot of walking involved so we made sure to bring a wagon for our younger two and flash lights just in case we needed to find our way in the dark.

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All dressed up and ready to go to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

The whole ambience of the Village was kind of spooky, but not to the point of scaring off little ones. We were greeted right away by Village staff dressed in elaborate costumes and there were many more to enjoy along the way including wizards, witches, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep, etc.

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One of many elaborate costumes seen along the way

There were plenty of spooky encounters to experience, starting with the Grim Reaper followed by the foggy bridge, scarecrows that come alive to startle you, and of course, the infamous Headless Horseman from the Legends of Sleepy Hollow.

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The Grim Reaper

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The foggy bridge

Thankfully, not all attractions were scary, there were cute dancing skeletons, singing pumpkins and friendly faced jack-o’-lanterns. They weren’t kidding when they said there would be over a thousand jack-o’-lanterns throughout the Village. There were jack-o’-lanterns illuminating the streets, stacked like totem poles and even hanging from a tree.

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Friendly jack-o’-lanterns

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Jack-o’-lantern totem poles

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Jack-o’-lantern adorned tree

If you get tired of walking, which your little ones will, you can stop at various stations to watch “improvised” dramatic performances like the bickering evil and good fairy sisters, listen to classic stories like Hansel and Gretel and the Legends of Sleepy Hollow, or savor hot brew and other snacks at a handful of pit stops.

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The bickering fairy sisters

I have to admit, there was a lot of walking, which is not ideal for younger kids, but the treat stations as well as other rest stops at several different points of the walk-thru definitely provided some relief. It was fun seeing so many people in costumes, not only the staff, but attendees as well, young and old. My kids loved the spooky foggy bridge and of course, the candy. As for me, the different hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns alone kept me occupied. My husband was impressed with the jack-o’-lantern adorned tree. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village has something for everyone and is a must-experience event for the month of October.

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Free tickets to Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village were provided for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions presented here are my own.

5 thoughts on “A Night of a Thousand Jack-O’-Lanterns

  1. Your girls look adorable, I am sure they miss the holiday already but not the candy. I like that smoky bridge, reminds me of Sleepy Hollow. Rachel xo

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